Metal storage tanks pose a serious danger in the workplace

In an industrial workplace, some pieces of equipment weigh thousands of pounds, and if these items are not secured properly, they could fall on workers and cause serious injury or death.

Unfortunately, this was the case in a recent incident at the Coastal Plating Company in Corpus Christi, Texas. Kiii News reported that a 22-year old worker was crushed to death when a 2,600-pound metal tank fell on him. A federal health and safety agency is investigation the circumstances surrounding the fatality.

"The employer did not furnish employment and a place of employment which were free from recognized hazards that were causing, or likely to cause, death or serious physical harm to employees, in that employees were exposed to a struck-by hazard," read a report from the federal agency, according to the source.

Foul play is not suspected, although there is some speculation on the workplace safety education and training programs at the Coastal Plating Company because the business has been fined in the past due to other violations. A proper job hazard analysis limits the risk of such fall dangers, and in the case of Coastal Plating, it might have meant the difference between life or death.

Topics: Safety Management, Job Hazard Analysis